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Liljenberg, Karen and Pagel, Ulrich, trans. (2015) Tōhoku 83 Bhadrapālaśreṣṭhiparipṛcchāsūtra, The Sūtra of the Master Craftsman Bhadrapāla's Questions. 84000 Translating the Word of the Buddha . pp. 1-35. (Forthcoming)

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In The Sūtra of the Master Craftsman Bhadrapāla's Questions, the Buddha’s principal interlocutor is a wealthy merchant who asks him to explain what consciousness is, and what happens to it when one dies and is reborn. In its characterization of consciousness, the discourse relies heavily on the use of analogies drawn from observation of nature. The sūtra also reflects beliefs drawn from the common cultural background of ancient India, such as, for example, in spirit possession. In addition, it presents graphic and vividly contrasting descriptions of rebirth in the realms of the gods for those who have lived meritorious lives and, for those who lack merit, in the realms of hell.

Item Type: Translations
Keywords: Buddhist Literature, Mahāyāna Sūtras, Sanskrit Literature, Tibetan Studies
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Buddhist Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 18:53

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